Potential Career/Occupation Information

Biomedical Engineer

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Overview: Biomedical engineers design life support equipment using medical and engineering principles. They develop and experiment with equipment such as artificial human organs, cardiac pacemakers, heart-lung machines, and ultrasonic imaging devices.
Duties: They conduct research into biological processes to find new ways to design human life-support equipment using engineering and biological principles.

They develop mathematical models to simulate human biological processes in order to predict the success of new life-support equipment and aids.

They design and test health care instruments and devices for repairing or treating ailments & deformities. Examples are metal and plastic hips, pacemakers, artificial organs and limbs, etc.

They confer with physicians and surgeons about the problems they encounter during implementation of a new device and the experiences and recovery rate of patients using the new devices.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
A.S. Biotechnology 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $44,000 to $50,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree may be acceptable for lower level assistant positions, but a master's degree will result in jobs that offer more promotion potential. Curriculum background should include biomedical engineering, biophysics, physiology, biochemistry and anatomy. Computer applications knowledge is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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